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1987 romantic fantasy film, directed by Rob Reiner and based on the book by William Goldman.

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The Princess Bride - Life is Like a Storybook Story

  • Dec 3, 2009
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Pros: Oh everything

Cons: (but I don't believe they exist)

The Bottom Line: Are you kidding? Fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles...

Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie's plot.

You should see my DVD collection.  Action, adventure, love, and fantasy.  The Princess Bride is sandwiched between Willow and Mirrormask.  And I'm very happy to have it there.

Based on William Goldman's book of the same name, The Princess Bride features the beautiful Buttercup (Robin Wright Penn) and the dashing Westley (Cary Elwes).  Except he wasn't always such a good swordfighter.  They both lived on a little farm, and in hoping to seek his fortune, Wesley left and Buttercup heard he was dead and fell into a deep depression.  When Prince Humperdinck (Chris Sarandon) brings her to the castle to be his bride, she goes without a word.  But there is a foul plot afoot, and soon she is kidnapped, only to be rescued by (strangely enough) the Dread Pirate Roberts.  However, there is more to everything than meets the eye.  Is her Westley truly dead?  Who is behind the kidnapping plot?  Will true love really win in the end?

Whee!  You can't go wrong with plots like these.  Haha.

The whole story plays out from a book that is actually being read by a grandfather (Peter Falk) to his sick grandson (Fred Savage).  That makes it even more enjoyable because occasionally the grandson will interrupt with something, or the grandfather will pause to explain something, much to the grandson's exasperation.  Some of the best lines of the movie are during these little interludes; "Jesus grandpa, what'd you read me this thing for?!"

It's a really fun time.  Andre the Giant steps up as Fezzik, a strong but kindhearted, well, giant, and Inigo Montoya (Mandy Patinkin) is out for revenge as a dazzling though occasionally drunk swordsman.  Everyone bands together to create an unlikely sort of group to help take out the nasty Prince and rescue Buttercup.  And it really does have all those things I mentioned in the bottom line up there.  The special effects, though obviously dated, are still great (come on, you can't not love the Rodents of Unusual Size), and in fact, it may surprise you to know that Elwes and Patinkin really did do all that swordplay together. The makeup and music all fit together perfectly, and it has some really great lines.

"So I'm here till I die?"
"Until they kill you, yeah."
"Then why bother curing me?"
"Well, the Prince and Count always insist on everyone being healthy before they're broken."

And though it is fantasy and does have some serious parts, it's meant to be funny too, so you're certain to have plenty of laughs, even during some of the fight scenes.  It's one of those movies that just makes you feel good.  I remember watching this when I was younger and loving it.  Now I'm older, and I still love it.  It's even better because I'm old enough to not only appreciate the story, but all the lines, and all the actors playing their respective characters.  Billy Crystal even appears as Miracle Max and has plenty of hilarious banter with both the main characters as well as his wife.

So if you feel like storming a castle, trekking through a Fire Swamp, seeking out a six-fingered man for revenge, or just hearing a good story, The Princess Bride is for you.


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review by . July 15, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Based on a novel by William Goldman, The Princess Bride is the best fairytale ever. It’s got love, sword fighting, magic, humor, and it is appropriate for any audience. You can enjoy this movie at any age, in any mood, with anyone. It is a go-to movie. I give it 10/10 stars!      I think director Rob Reiner did a great job visualizing this story. The scenery of the countryside is beautiful. There are some places where (humorously) the set and/or props are quite campy, but …
Quick Tip by . November 06, 2010
A good movie that only suffers in one area - the soundtrack. But OY, the soundtrack. The movie is awesome, campy, and irreverent. But put in earplugs and turn on the subtitles.
Quick Tip by . October 20, 2010
it's a lovey dovey chick flick that even men appreciate, so who doesn't love this movie.
Quick Tip by . September 25, 2010
posted in Awesomeness
Great fantasy film about robbers, a princess, her love and more.
Quick Tip by . June 02, 2010
My family and I quote this all the time.
review by . December 23, 2008
True Love and High Adventure in the Land of Florin
Screenwriter and novelist William Goldman's book, The Princess Bride, was first published in 1972. For years Goldman, who wrote the screenplay for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, attempted to have a film adaptation made, but every time an unforeseeable obstacle prevented this from happening. Then in 1985, Rob Reiner, director of This Is Spinal Tap and Stand by Me, began work on the now classic film. Though the film wasn't a Box Office smash, this can be blamed on 20th Century Fox's …
review by . May 22, 2008
posted in Movie Hype
Pros: Epic tale, great adventures, no bad language     Cons: Well, it's silly and some folks don't have a sense of humor     The Bottom Line: I would recommend this to anyone with multiple children. They will love it and thank you for sharing this movie with them.     Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie's plot. I'm inspired, or uninspired by recent reviews I've read of this movie.      I …
review by . September 08, 2004
posted in Movie Hype
Each time I watch this movie, it seems to get better. I watched it with my teen children years ago and now have the pleasure of watching it with my grandchildren. It has lost none of it's charm. This is one of those movies that both children and adults can appreciate. I highly recommend you add this one to your collection.
review by . February 15, 2004
posted in Movie Hype
Well this movie has a number of flaws....They aren't in the storylines both of which, (the story and the reading of the story) are engaging and interesting.They aren't in the characters which are creative and fun.They aren't in the performances, there isn't a bad one in it from Andre the Giant, to Billy Crystal.It isn't in the action which is quite well done and in the great hollywood tradition of the 30'sIt isn't in the comedy which couldn't have been timed better if an atomic clock was used.It's …
review by . December 09, 1998
I am a 16 year old guy that has been watching this film since the crawling age! I wrote my subject "Longing is a term," Because I long to know why there aren't more films like this one? I love it as much as any other -Have you noticed every one has given 5 stars? Please do your self a favor and get this- if your dating- get this if your a parent- Ask for it for your B'day or christmas! It stomps Titanic into a titanic flop! It makes you wanna waltz up to De Caprio and say, "Hah, beat that you wart …
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Director Rob Reiner breathes vividly colored cinematic life into William Goldman's THE PRINCESS BRIDE, effectively evoking the wondrous, wide-eyed spirit of the witty 1973 novel. When a sick boy (Fred Savage) receives a visit from his doting grandfather (Peter Falk) who intends to read to him from his favorite book, he's not exactly pleased to be extracted from his world of video games. However, his mood quickly changes as he, along with the viewer, is transported to a place out of time--to Florin, a kingdom in the ultimate imaginary land, complete with dashing heroes, cowardly princes, rhyming giants, shrieking eels, rodents of unusual size, fancy swordfights, and yes...even some kissing.

The lovely Buttercup (Robin Wright) learns that "As you wish" really means "I love you" when she falls for her charming farmhand, Westley (Cary Elwes). While trying to seek his fortune, however, Westley disappears at sea, an apparent victim of the Dread Pirate Roberts, who takes no prisoners. A few years lat...
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Director: Rob Reiner
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Romance
Release Date: September 25, 1987
MPAA Rating: PG
Screen Writer: Rob Reiner, William Goldman
Runtime: 1hr 38min
Studio: 20th Century Fox, MGM
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